After the shock of a Chicago automobile accident, you may find that you have injured your ankle or foot (fibula, tibia, metatarsal, ankle fracture, etc.). Ankle fractures or sprains and broken bones generally can happen in many ways, but the ubiquity of the injury does not mean it is not serious.
Ankle and foot injuries create immense pain and suffering and are common after car accidents, but they’re also difficult to treat and lead to complex regional pain syndrome.
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC fight for personal injury victims harmed in automobile accidents, including those with ankle, foot, and other injuries. Our car accident attorneys bring claims so that victims can obtain the ankle injury settlement they deserve to make up for the harm and cost of the crash.
Should you injure your foot and ankle in a car accident, your first step is to seek medical help, immediately contact our law firm, and speak to one of our car accident lawyers in a free consultation about your serious injuries.
The foot and ankle are often neglected in foot injury settlements for personal injuries caused by car accidents. It’s important to know how much your case is worth so that you can negotiate with insurance companies or pursue legal action if necessary.
We can help you estimate what settlement value and other financial compensation may be available. The next sections review these personal injury cases in more detail, but please use our contact form if you have any other questions.
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How Ankles and Feet Are Injured in Chicago Car Crashes
While you might think feet and ankles are tough, resilient parts of the body, they are routinely damaged in automobile accidents across the Chicagoland area and other parts of Illinois. Part of that stems from the recklessly high speeds that some motorists drive at and some of that stems from the larger size of preferred motor vehicles.
Whatever the case, you still need to be aware of how these parts of the body are frequently harmed, such as the following:
Blunt trauma: A foot might bang against the dashboard or floorboard, leading to a foot injury like a heel bone (calcaneus) or middle foot (Lisfranc) fracture.
Twists: A medial malleolus fractured ankle might occur when the leg is turned over as the car spins around.
Lacerations: Shards of broken glass might break into and cut the feet.
Ligament tears: Many ankle fracture cases also involve torn ligaments.
Bruising: High impact forces could leave the feet badly bruised even when injury does not appear to have occurred.
Foot or ankle fracture is frequent in car accidents, especially in rollovers that occur after high-speed crashes into guardrails, trees, and other objects. In addition, the foot might suffer a break simply from being smashed against the brake pedal.
Something else about cars that leads to injury is how close they can come to other drivers and surrounding pedestrians. If dealt too close to another vehicle, there is a potential that your left foot or lower leg could get crushed.
Another problem is if you are lying on the road, injured but not dead, car tires might run over your outstretched body parts, including the feet and ankles. This injury can even happen after an accident has already occurred.
Be careful as you drive through the streets of Chicago, especially if you are the operator or front-seat passenger. Your feet and ankles are at greater risk than you might imagine.
Facts about Feet and Ankle Injuries in Auto Accidents
Thousands of people injure their feet and ankles every year in car crashes.
Ankle injuries only occur in roughly three percent of all motor vehicle incidents.
Ankle and foot injuries can be some of the most expensive outcomes from a car accident due to their surgical and rehabilitative demands.
Surgery to repair ankle and foot damage following an auto collision can cost you tens of thousands of dollars.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of amputations, including toes.
Car crashes are the leading cause of tarsal navicular fractures. This injury to the ankle bone can result in months of lost time at work and physical rehabilitation.
Ankle injuries related to accidents often require long stays at skilled nursing facilities or extended time for surgery recovery.
Like many other car accident injuries (soft tissue injuries, back injury, head injury, brain injury, broken leg, etc.), comminuted ankle fracture and foot wound can trigger long-term medical conditions requiring substantial medical treatment and rehabilitation (physical therapy), not to mention medical expenses.
Causes Of Ankle And Feet Injuries From Chicago Car Accidents
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